in·spire verb \in-ˈspī(-ə)r\: to influence, move, motivate or guide
At the beginning of my professional career at Macmillan Publishing, I remember being the youngest person on our sales team and I was proud of that fact. I always felt lucky to be in the right place at the right time and to work for managers that valued my opinion and encouraged my development as an account manager and sales professional.
I look around our offices today and realize I have suddenly become one of the oldest people on our team and often wonder to myself, “….how did that happen?” Some of my colleagues are honestly old enough to be one of my kids and a year ago, that really bothered me.
Twitter, Facebook, Hootsuite, LinkedIn, WordPress, Flickr, Yahoo IM, You Tube. I had a vague knowledge of social media and could talk my way through a meeting but the reality was, I was being left behind. As a marketing manager, I was diminishing my value proposition to my employer as an effective part of our marketing team because I was feeling uninspired to know and use the tools that are essential to our industry today.
Once I got past the fact that I had aged much quicker than I had realized, I will tell you that much of my inspiration, energy, education and enthusiasm in 2010 came from the wide eyed, untarnished and courageous ideas of this young creative team I work with on a daily basis.
While I have taken the position of the “industry veteran” on our team, my young colleagues have taught me a whole new way of communication through social media. I have been inspired to keep up, stay fresh and educate myself about trends and technology that are essential to the success of my job.
So what inspires you as an author? What inspires you to write every day? What drives you to want to create your next masterpiece?